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Outdoor Family Life – April 2014

I can’t believe it has been a month since we came back from Utah.  I still have all kinds of photos and videos to sort thru.  I intend to put together a few little movies of our mountain bike rides and a photo album of our best photos from the trip.  I did get the campground reviews posted from the Utah trip and have provided links at the bottom of the post.  I also started using Pinterest again.  I found that there are some old links out there from when I made an attempt at this website a few years ago, and decided that I should start using Pinterest.

Lessons Learned

1)  A couple warm days do NOT mean winter is over.


The weather in April was a mixed bag.  We went from 70 degree weather one day to 20 inches of snow a few days later.  The snow is finally all gone again and we have had a lot of rain since.  We are definitely looking forward the the true spring weather as it has been a really long winter here in Minnesota.

Arbor Day

I love planting trees and watching them grow over the years.  There is a little memory with every tree that you plant.  I know I’ll look at those trees years from now and remember planting them with the kids and how small they were.  Plus, its my little way of making a good impression on earth and the environment.

These are the trees that we planted this year:

2 Chestnut

2 Hazelnut

2 Oak

2 Cherry

8 White Pines


I did manage to set up some new galleries in my SmugMug account.  I have a folder that contains galleries for each state that I have pictures in and then have various galleries for hiking, biking, campsites, etc…  I will continue to add to it as I get my photos better organized.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

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New Campground Reviews

Angostura Recreation Area, South Dakota

Chatfield Lake State Park, Colorado

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Horsethief Campground, Utah

Lake Anita State Park, Iowa

April Articles

Top Moab Mountain Bike Trails for Kids

Camping During Tornado Season and Finding Shelter

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